Life is full of transitions. Graduation, new jobs, marriage, babies born, or a move are exciting changes to anticipate. But changes like health issues and unexpected things that happen in our relationships, our lives, and the world are more difficult. Transitions can be both exciting and painful. We let go of something familiar, enter into the unknown, and often feel very disoriented.
When I moved from San Francisco to Hawaii, it was a disorienting time. My relationships, routines, and culture were completely different. When my dad had a stroke and died within a month of that, everyone in my family had to adjust. Then and at other times, I’ve felt the transition of new church, new household, new job responsibilities and new leadership.